Library: Overview

Princeton University Library, one of the world’s most distinguished research libraries, consists of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and nine buildings across campus.

Aztec map on deer skin

The library's collections include more than 8 million books, 6 million microforms, 49,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and impressive holdings of rare books, prints, archives and other material that require special handling. The library's extensive electronic resources include databases and journals, statistical packages, images and digital maps.

Exhibitions from the library's rich collections are free and open to the general public.

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Firestone Library

When Firestone Library opened in 1948, it was the first large university library built after World War II and the first open-stack library to offer free access to undergraduates.

Shown at left: Aztec map on deer skin, Western Americana Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections